New decade, new name. Join us for TUGG Makes Boston, our 11th Annual Wine and Tequila Party!

Over 1,500 of Boston tech's entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and philanthropists will come together to help raise $200K+ to catalyze six local nonprofits (while enjoying wine and top-shelf tequila). 

Please note that this event is 21+ and tickets are non-refundable.


Thursday, March 23, 2017
6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
The Innovation and Design Building

Free rides to and from the party thanks to Uber, the Exclusive Transportation Partner of TUGG Makes Boston, the 11th Annual Wine & Tequila Party. 

Enter  your Uber promo code in the payment section of your Uber app.

Existing Uber User Promo Code:

New Uber User Promo Code:

  • Promo Code: UberTUGG
  • Valid on rider's first Uber trip 
  • Valid from 1/30 - 10/31
  • Spend limit up to $20

2017 Competing Nonprofits


Lola, Paul English and Ellen Chisa
Lovepop, Wombi Rose and John Wise
MassChallenge, Siobhan Dullea
Neurable, Ramses Alcaide
Promoboxx, Sonciary Honnoll
Rapid7, Corey Thomas and Christina Luconi
Silicon Valley Bank, Pamela Aldsworth
The Boston Foundation, Tim Smith
TripAdvisor, Sarah Hodkinson
VentureApp, Chase Garbarino
Veracode, Bob Brennan
Wine Riot, Morgan First

Accomplice, TJ Mahony and Sarah Downey
BostInno, Kyle Gross
Boston Herald, Olivia Vanni
Carbon Black, Patrick Morley
Crayon, Ellie Mirman
Drizly, Nick Rellas and Justin Robinson
Edgewise, Peter Smith
Fama PR, Keith Watson
GladlyDo, Woody Klemmer
Hopper, Fred Lalonde and Maggie Moran
InsightSquared, Fred Shilmover
Intralinks, Clement Cazalot

TUGG Makes Boston is made possible thanks to our sponsors from across the Boston community.




It all started nearly ten years ago with twenty young VCs and tech entrepreneurs in a conference room, meeting in support of Year Up, drinking wine that was way above their pay grade. A wine connoisseur had posed a challenge to the attendees: find a way to engage both the tech community and social organizations at the same time. A beneficiary of YearUp attended, and when he started talking about their work, the room went quiet; the message was that powerful. These people got together for a social occasion, but the poignance of this nonprofits's story became the center of attention.

The attendees at that original gathering wondered, "How can we give the same experience to the broader community? A way for the tech community to get to know these incredible nonprofits in a fun, social setting?" That's how the Wine Party was born, by putting small batch wine, awesome people in the tech community, and up and coming nonprofits in the same room and letting the magic happen.

As the 30-something founders and venture capitalists became 40-something parents and mentors, the tech startups that were the founding sponsors of the Wine Party began to invite all of their younger employees to become part of the night. TUGG's audience was changing, so we tested out a change to our party by adding tequila. We ran out of inventory in an hour! In 2016 we boasted nearly 2,000 guests and our community raised $400K+ in one night for their favorite fledgling charities. Read more about last year's Wine Party.  We are back at it this year, our 11th, with a few tricks up our sleeve and a new name!

Have questions? Contact TUGG at events@tugg.org

Interested in sponsoring the TUGG Makes Boston? Contact Zoe Anetakis at zoe@tugg.org.